Kent Lambert (a.k.a. Roommate) starts 2007 in much the same way he left 2006, when he released Songs The Animals Taught Us. That album was packed with pointed lyrics on profiteers, the economy, the plight of the middle class, and other such ailments of the modern age, and his forthcoming digital-only EP, New Steam, simply picks up where Songs ended.
You know John Tejada as a longtime player in L.A.’s techno scene, and also as the boss of Palette Recordings, a label popular with the likes of Steve Bug, Josh Wink, and Sasha. Now that the recent ten-year anniversary celebrations of the label are over, Tejada takes some time out to make a mix showing off some of his best production work over the years. Many of the tracks here were made with labelmate and San Francisco local Justin Maxwell, as well as Arian Leviste.
Despite some notable work with fellow Detroit native J Dilla (the two collaborated as First Down in the mid- '90s), Ronnie Cash (a.k.a. Phat Kat) has spent several trying years attempting to make music amid complicated record company politics. Finally, it seems, he is reaping some rewards for his persistence. Carte Blanche, his second full-length effort, finds Cash on Look Records, a label that embraces his vision and gives him the chance to develop his futuristic take on hip-hop in a welcoming environment.Read more »
Plug Research's multi-instrumentalist Samamidon loves folk as much as he does quasi-G Funk keyboards, floating pianos, and soft vocals, all of which he uses in his own work. Here, Sam gives us his top 10 albums of the last 10 years, proving his musical tastes are as much a mixed bag as the tracks on his new album, But This Chicken Proved Falsehearted (Plug Research).Read more »
There's one thing certain about Quannum's most hyperactive showman Pigeon John–he's always worth trekking to the venue to watch perform. Last year's Summertime Pool Party–which featured appearances from RJD2, Rhettmatic, and J Live–was a small taste of what the L.A.-based MC is capable of on the mic, and anyone who has been to a P.J. show knows his soul-infused hip-hop and spastic moves on stage only add to his artistic appeal.Read more »
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